TB 9: Can We Call It the Press Instead of the Plunger

This week on Top Brew, Eric and I discuss the AeroPress coffeemaker. It’s not as dull as it sounds. We actually had more to cover than we squeezed into this episode.

Real quick, I want to share why I like the AeroPress so much:

  • Even as a beginner, it’s easy to make great coffee drinks with an AeroPress.
  • The AeroPress practically cleans itself.
  • It doesn’t need much coffee grounds to make a bold cup of joe.
  • The drink will include some oils without gritty grounds sediment.
  • While the press looks quirky and unfamiliar, its fun to use and show off.
  • It’s a forgiving press. It’s hard to brew a bad cup of coffee with it.
  • It’s small, durable, and lightweight, so it makes sense to use the AeroPress while you travel.
  • The paper filters are reusable, if you want to save on paper. Some say you could use them till they fall apart. I’ve not tested that theory.
  • The coffee has an average of one-fifth the amount of higher pH than drip coffee, which means it’s considerably less acidic.

If you have heard about the AeroPress and you’re tempted to give it a shot, go for it. You’ll not be disappointed. Listen to this episode of the podcast for more details and my inverted method recipe.


Joe Darnell

Joe is a UI and graphic designer with prior experience as the creative director for three media-based businesses. Joe’s passionate about web design and graphic design with about 15 years of experience in the media industry. Additionally, Joe is the host of the Top Brew and Techtonic podasts, both featured on iTunes.